Orphans of the Sky

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Stealth Press, Jan 1, 2001 - Fiction - 153 pages
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"Deep in the mists of intergalactic space, a rural sub-world exists--a verdant and growing place inhabited by men and women for whom the earth is only a distant memory. Their home is the ship, a giant cylinder five miles long and two thousand feet thick. It is here human beings have created a universe with its own laws, values, and complex living systems--a flawlessly efficient, self-perpetuating microcosm that fulfills their every need and desire. ... They are unaware of what really governs their extraordinary flourishing world. Until Hugh Hoyland uncovers the ship's zealously guarded secret--a devatating discovery that could send the entire known universe spinning into oblivion ..."--Jacket.

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Heinlein's 1951 novel offers a ship drifting through the currents of space as a microcosm of society, complete with class struggles, politics (including war between inhabitants of different decks ... Read full review

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This was an impressive sci-fi book, considering it was written in the 40's and Heinlein describes in detail a ship he could have never hoped to see brought to reality in his life time (or ours ... Read full review

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Robert Anson Heinlein was born on July 7, 1907 in Butler, Mo. The son of Rex Ivar and Bam Lyle Heinlein, Robert Heinlein had two older brothers, one younger brother, and three younger sisters. Moving to Kansas City, Mo., at a young age, Heinlein graduated from Central High School in 1924 and attended one year of college at Kansas City Community College. Following in his older brother's footsteps, Heinlein entered the Navel Academy in 1925. After contracting pulmonary tuberculosis, of which he was later cured, Heinlein retired from the Navy and married Leslyn MacDonald. Heinlein was said to have held jobs in real estate and photography, before he began working as a staff writer for Upton Sinclair's EPIC News in 1938. Still needing money desperately, Heinlein entered a writing contest sponsored by the science fiction magazine Thrilling Wonder Stories. Heinlein wrote and submitted the story "Life-Line," which went on to win the contest. This guaranteed Heinlein a future in writing. Using his real name and the pen names Caleb Saunders, Anson MacDonald, Lyle Monroe, John Riverside, and Simon York, Heinlein wrote numerous novels including For Us the Living, Methuselah's Children, and Starship Troopers, which was adapted into a big-budget film for Tri-Star Pictures in 1997. The Science Fiction Writers of America named Heinlein its first Grand Master in 1974, presented 1975. Officers and past presidents of the Association select a living writer for lifetime achievement. Also, the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame inducted Heinlein in 1998. Heinlein died in 1988 from emphysema and other related health problems. Heinlein's remains were scattered from the stern of a Navy warship off the coast of California.

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